All About Orthodox Baptisms
What is the difference between a Greek Orthodox and a Roman Catholic baptism?
The nature of the baptism is similar for both the Roman Catholics as the Greek Orthodox baptism: It is the
cleansing of sin from the baptized individual and the beginning of membership
into the Church. Both religions recognize baptism as a Sacrament. Both churches
conduct a Trinitarian baptism – or acknowledge the Trinity of the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. Both churches pledge the baptized individual to the Service of
There are many theological differences between the Catholic and Orthodox baptism. A few practical/ logistical differences between th Greek Orthodox and a Roman Catholic baptism include:
- The Greek
Orthodox church conducts deep water baptism. The Roman Catholic church
does not have deep water baptism.
- In the Greek
Orthodox baptism, the individual is tonsured (the cutting of the hair) but
is not in the Roman Catholic service.
- The baptized
individual in the Greek Orthodox church must receive a cross to wear.
Godparents are obligated by the church to care for the raising of the
child should the parents perish, at least with regard to his or her
religious education. Godparents are considered to be second parents to the
baptized individual in the Greek Orthodox church.
- The Sacrament
of Chrismation is the equivalent of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the
Roman Catholic church – the giving of the Holy Spirit (Communion). In the
Roman Catholic Church, Confirmation is separate from the Baptism – given
to those 7 or older - and is performed by a Bishop. In the Orthodox Church
a priest performs the Sacrament of Baptism followed by the Sacrament of
Confirmation—the first Communion, in the same service.
Godparents in the Orthodox baptism are asked to “spit on the devil” during